hanai

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hawaiian hānai.

Noun[edit]

hanai ‎(uncountable)

  1. (Hawaii) The practice of traditional Hawaiian adoption of one child into another family.
    • 2012, Julia Flynn Siler, Lost Kingdom, Grove Press 2012, p. 8:
      The practice of hānai was abhorrent to the New England missionaries, who discouraged it.

Adjective[edit]

hānai ‎(not comparable)

  1. (Hawaii) Adopted in the traditional Hawaiian way, made a complete part of the family.
    This is Kimo, my hanai brother.